We Must Act Now to Pass an Amendment to Overturn Citizens United
Last Thursday, the US Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10-8 to approve an amendment that would undo much of the damage done to democracy by the Supreme Court’s decisions in Citizens United and McCutcheon. It would work to restore reasonable limits on financial contributions intended to influence elections.
Since the Citizens United ruling we have seen a major influx of cash spent by outside groups in our elections. Compared to the amount spent by the One Percent, the average person cannot begin to compare to their influence. With the McCutcheon ruling, individuals can spend millions of dollars directly on candidates in order to influence elections.
Many citizens of the U.S. have petitioned for changes to this system and the results are beginning to show. This Amendment would go a long way in reducing the damage done by the Supreme Court on our democracy.
The proposed amendment declares:
SECTION 1: To advance democratic self-government and political equality, and to protect the integrity of government and the electoral process, Congress and the States may regulate and set reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to influence elections.
SECTION 2. Congress and the States shall have power to implement and enforce this article by appropriate legislation, and may distinguish between natural persons and corporations or other artificial entities created by law, including by prohibiting such entities from spending money to influence elections.
SECTION 3. Nothing in this article shall be construed to grant Congress or the States the power to abridge the freedom of the press.
The action to pass this bill in the Senate Judiciary Committee was promising, but that does not mean that the amendment will move easily through Congress. We can be sure that the One Percent will fight hard in their opposition to efforts to stop us from overturning Citizens United.
The time to act is now! We must pass this amendment in order to restore our democracy. Contact your Senators today and tell them to vote for this Amendment!
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